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Reaping the Rewards of a Worry-Free Retirement at Oak Crest

By Danielle Rexrode
March 3, 2022
Reaping the Rewards of a Worry-Free Retirement at Oak Crest

If there is anything the last two years have taught us, it is to expect the unexpected. So why spend one more day wondering about whether your roof will make it through another season or whom to call when your air conditioner goes on the fritz?

Now is the time to make your retirement dreams a reality. At Oak Crest, the Erickson Senior Living community in Parkville, Md., residents are living life to the fullest and enjoying the freedom that comes with living in a maintenance-free, amenity-rich community.

Many amenities

“We looked at several communities, but one of the things that appealed to us about Oak Crest was the size of the campus and the number of amenities they offer,” says Vernon Strawhand who, along with his wife Sandy, moved to Oak Crest from their Towson condo in 2019.

“Everything you want is right here - eight restaurants, a large pool, and a nice fitness center,” he adds. “I also like the fact that we can access everything and walk anywhere without having to go outside. The ATM, CVS Pharmacy - everything is right at our fingertips. It’s wonderful!”

At Oak Crest, there are no lawns to mow, leaves to rake, or decks to maintain. The 87-acre campus offers many different apartment home floor plans - all of them maintenance-free - to suit a variety of budgets. It’s this maintenance-free aspect that relieves residents of everyday worries, and instead, lets them spend their leisure time doing what they enjoy among a bustling community.

With hundreds of resident-driven groups, clubs, and organizations at Oak Crest - plus amenities like a physician-staffed medical center, chapel, and even college courses - it’s easy to nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

“Living at Oak Crest is a lot like living on a college campus,” notes Dan Plakatoris, director of sales. “We offer so many programs and activities that residents can enjoy without leaving the community.”

Icing on the cake

One of the benefits of living in a larger community like Oak Crest is the wide variety of dining options available just steps away from each apartment home. Expert chefs regularly update menus with new selections, so residents can socialize with neighbors, family, and friends at multiple venues ranging from casual to formal and even al fresco.

Sandy, who spent years cooking for her family, says having the option to dine out whenever she wants has been “one of the biggest blessings.”

“There are at least 15 to 20 different entrées on the menu each night - Vernon has counted! You can’t get a better variety anywhere else,” says Sandy.

“We have dinner every night with different people in a different restaurant,” says Vernon. “It’s easy to make friends here. We have met a lot of new people - it’s amazing.”

Financial stability

The community operates on a solid financial structure that includes a predictable monthly service package, allowing residents of Oak Crest to balance their budgets with confidence.

Monthly and quarterly bills like electric, mortgage, property taxes, and water are all bundled into each apartment home’s monthly service package, so residents only have to write one check at the end of each month.

“There are a lot of things we paid for in the condo - separately - that we don’t pay for here, like cable TV, internet, and all of our meals. I did a comparison - when you add in the security, services, and amenities, it all works out,” says Vernon.

Choosing peace of mind

For Sandy, peace of mind is one aspect of the community you can’t put a price on.

“One of the big factors for us was that we didn’t want to burden our children as we get older,” says Sandy.

“You don’t know what the future holds. We wanted to be somewhere we knew we would be well cared for, so they don’t have to worry. Our goal was to make it as easy as we could on them, while enjoying our retirement.”

Plakatoris says if you’ve been considering a move to Oak Crest, now is an ideal time to put those plans into action.

“If you own a house or have a property, spring is historically the best time to sell. The real estate market continues to be robust, including near-record-low mortgage rates for buyers,” he says.

“If you reserve your apartment home now, we will be ready to welcome you home just in time for the beautiful spring weather!”

Invest in your future at Oak Crest. From top-notch amenities and activities to affordable, maintenance-free apartment homes, you’ll enjoy living your retirement to the fullest. Request more information today!